Suzuki introduces the 2010 RM-Z250 as the first quarter-liter motocrosser to be powered by a fuel-injected engine and so makes sure that this model continues the tradition started by its bigger brother, the RM-Z450 , a model which was also the first in its class to feature fuel injection a couple of years back. Not only the engine is now fed through a revolutionary system, but it also revs higher and it is now more compact. With a redesigned frame, updated brakes and suspension, this bike qualifies as a championship-winning machine. We shall wait and see if things turn out as claimed by Suzuki.
Suzuki made sure to miss no aspect when improving their RM-Z450 motocrosser for 2010 due to the revolutionary stance that this dirt bike has in the collective mental ever since 2007, when it came out as the first fuel-injected production bike. Suzuki claims their new engine is now more powerful and offers better throttle response, while the also new chassis is supposed to sharpen steering and improve control. We have no reasons to doubt that so far, but we must say we expected the new model year to weigh less, not 1 kg more than the previous generation one. It seems that not all aspects have been covered after all.
Those who have been saying that Suzuki is losing ground in the off-road field can start eating their words (at least partially) because the Japanese manufacturer has launched an all-new model for 2010 – the RMX450Z. Based on the RM-Z450 competition model, the new addition is a slightly more docile four-stroke dirt bike to take both on the track and on the trails. It retains the 450cc engine and brings the benefits of electric starting and those of a headlight out where Suzuki riders would have previously struggled with the DR-Z400S . Bikes such as the Honda CRF450X , Yamaha WR450F and Kawasaki KLR450R can already start worrying.
Suzuki practically based RM’s 2009 revision on the fact that it gets fuel injection, a first in motocross racing, and together with that it improved the entire bike in their attempt of becoming a track leader and the most feared opponent ever to be faced by the competition. Let’s see if they succeeded.
Suzuki has indeed got rid of its 125cc two-stroke RM, but that was only to make room for the RM-Z250, a bike that has significantly evaluated during these past years and which unveils itself as reaching the highest levels of refinements you can encounter in the given class.
Just like Yamaha and Kawasaki, Suzuki also introduces the 2009 dirt bike range, but the models who have actually been revised are the RM-Z450, RM-Z250 and RM85. The Japanese maker focused on increasing the levels of fun, excitement and competitive so that they would like up to the start line with a clear purpose in mind: winning!
With sharpened looks and even sharper performance, this trio announces yet another successful year at Suzukis and this can’t be passed unnoticed. So you will see an increasing number of previews posted on the site, mostly concerning models of the makers I’ve just mentioned in this short news.
Honda hasn’t yet come up with any news relating its 2009 dirt bikes, but it is supposed to do so very soon. Stay tuned and give us your feedback.
The RM-Z250 for 2008: it’s taking the four-stroke world by storm! Featuring a compact, lightweight and powerful 250cc 4-stroke engine design, a strong and lightweight aluminum chassis, Showa suspension components and many high-performance features, RM-Z250 is aiming to become the ultimate 250cc 4-stroke racing machine.
Suzuki RM85L is loaded with technology derived from Suzuki’s championship-winning motocross bikes. The bike offers incredible performance and it features larger wheels, longer swingarm and wheelbase to suit larger riders. With smooth power delivery, loads of mid-range and lightweight handling, the machine is perfect for learning to race and to win.